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Livestock / Re: Turkey on the canopy
« on: September 22, 2017, 05:55:40 PM »


She hasn't started to lay yet.  The wild turkeys around here start mating in spring when the days start to get longer.

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Livestock / Re: Turkey on the canopy
« on: September 21, 2017, 03:37:54 PM »
That was a cool story.  My pet parrot died July of last year and we had already decided not to replace him.  Little did we know that our next pet bird would be a turkey.  :)

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Happy Hour / Re: Whats for supper ?
« on: September 20, 2017, 07:05:29 PM »
We made a big pot of gumbo tonight.

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Livestock / Re: Turkey on the canopy
« on: September 19, 2017, 02:40:22 PM »
We evidently didn't have the wild one figured out.  Recently she has taken to being right at our heels so we shall enjoy her company till a big Ol' Tom Turkey calls her out.

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Livestock / Re: Turkey on the canopy
« on: September 19, 2017, 02:34:58 PM »
We didn't handle her any more than we had to in order to let her stay on the wild side but it doesn't seem to make much difference now.

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Livestock / Re: Turkey on the canopy
« on: September 18, 2017, 09:55:28 AM »
Tennessee has no laws about raising them for release but this girl has been free to go since she was big enough to be able to find food.  So far at least she chooses to get fed by us.  She will come running (or flying) to one of us when we are around the feed container.

I don't remember if I posted about her but we were told to try to raise it or let it go on her own to die.  We don't have any Rescues for Turkeys or white tail deer.

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Livestock / Re: Turkey on the canopy
« on: September 17, 2017, 09:14:10 AM »
This is a some pictures from this morning that we have been trying to get for months but never had the camera.  I have to take the dogs out to go potty since they don't listen to Teresa as well. We look outside to see where Cheep Cheep is but it doesn't seem to matter.  She was out of sight this morning so I took the dogs out and Cheep Cheep comes running across the grass straight at the dogs.  I put them in a Sit and Stay and fortunately for Cheep Cheep they listened.  This is a lot of pictures of basically the same scene.   She does this virtually every time I take the dogs out if she is in the yard so I'm hoping I have to work to keep control of them.  They look calm and controlled in the pictures but the Aussie in particular would love nothing more than to go after her.  The Border Collie has better control and will always do as I ask.


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Livestock / Re: Turkey on the canopy
« on: September 16, 2017, 07:52:12 PM »
Cheep Cheep will follow Teresa around like a puppy dog.  If she wants feed she will run to catch up to her and gently peck her leg.  I had always heard that wild turkeys weren't too bright but I'm seeing otherwise.  I was putting some sealer on some lawn furniture today and she kept trying to fly to the top of it so I had to put her in one of the pens.  She sits right at your feet so she isn't hard to catch.

Whenever we are out there with the turkey the other poultry assumes there is food coming soon.

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Happy Hour / Re: Another new pup
« on: September 16, 2017, 07:44:13 PM »
After Maisy with the pup I started to wish that her previous owners had not got her spayed.  I expect some issues with the pup when he gets a bit older but so far she is doing most of the training.  We hear both of them alerting during the night and of course they sleep mostly in the daytime.  I was watching them this afternoon before feeding and the pup was heading into an area where the sheep were ganged up.  They are still leery of him and they will try to butt him if given the chance.  I saw Maisy get up and bark several times and he went right back to "Mama".

After I fed them this afternoon I bent over to pick up the puppies food bowl.  He grabbed it with his mouth and ran it down the hill a piece and just dropped it and came running back so proud of keeping his bowl from me.  :)


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The Greenhouse / Re: Greenhouse growing fall 2017 thru spring 2018
« on: September 13, 2017, 08:59:20 AM »
Strawberries didn't fare well here either but at least you have the beds working for you.

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The Greenhouse / Re: 2017 High Tunnel
« on: September 13, 2017, 08:09:45 AM »
It may not have met your expectations but everything looks good as usual.

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Happy Hour / Re: Another new pup
« on: September 13, 2017, 06:04:26 AM »
Our herd dog training has really been put on the back burner but we hope to get them working again.  We built a training pen.

We have only used the new grill once for some chicken but it did as good as any I have had.  I won't be throwing my Weber away but I'm looking forward to a whole lot of cooking on the Traeger.

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Livestock / Re: Turkey on the canopy
« on: September 12, 2017, 07:37:51 PM »
That is what we are hoping for Bill.

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Happy Hour / Re: Another new pup
« on: September 12, 2017, 07:10:28 PM »
We named the pup Thor which we hope is not hugely over optimistic.   :)

 Our Great Pyrenees Maisy has taken him under her wing and has been showing him the ropes.  We had to change our plan about using a pen within the pen because Maisy decided that she needed to stay with the pup to guard him since he couldn't follow her.  We released him this morning and they have been roaming together ever since.  Even the sheep have accepted him already and this was his first full day in with them.


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General Discussion / Re: What's the weather like in your area ?
« on: September 12, 2017, 05:37:35 AM »
We are cool for this time of year with a lot of rain but no gripes from me.

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Happy Hour / Re: old fat man doing window repair
« on: September 11, 2017, 06:45:27 PM »
Slower still gets it done.   ;)

I don't have the Dremel model but the multi tool was the most used tool during our home renovation.  It did things there was no other easy way to get it done.

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Livestock / Re: Turkey on the canapy
« on: September 11, 2017, 06:18:31 PM »
I doubt that one born and raised by a turkey could easily be tamed but this one was hatched by us and we are the only 'parents' it has known.  I'll post a picture of her when she was just two days old.  She thought sitting under my chin was the way all turkeys were supposed to do it.   :)

I didn't post much about her when we hatched her because at the time I didn't know the laws about "rescue" critters but it turned out there is no turkey rescue in Tennessee and the agent said you can either try to raise her or let her go and she will die.


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General Discussion / Re: DEHYDRATING BELL PEPPERS PICTORIAL
« on: September 11, 2017, 02:59:14 PM »
I have done onions but not garlic and liked the end result.  We have the luxury of plenty of freezer space so we chop up a bunch at a time and freeze on a flat then bag them up.  I made the mistake once of starting some onions in the kitchen and running errands for a few errors.  It took a month to get rid of the onion smell.  I like the dried peppers in things that have a long simmer time.

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Livestock / Re: Turkey on the canapy
« on: September 11, 2017, 02:53:34 PM »
I've had a couple of people caution me about our ram but I've also had people raising sheep for years that were hands on like I am that have never had issues.  I've also had people say to put a Livestock Guardian Dog out with the animals and never touch them.  Personally I think they are missing what really makes having animals enjoyable.  Our guard dog loves her sheep but she will come get her loving as long as we are in the fields.

We can't open the front screen door too wide because the turkey has came into the house.

She is a sweetie but having a turkey running free has the same issue as having geese running around (the mess they leave behind.)   ;) ;)

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The Range / Dock / Re: 2017 4-H Program Pioneer Award Goes to
« on: September 11, 2017, 12:36:11 PM »
A well deserved Congratulations to you Lane.

I met possibly one of your neighbors a few days ago at a Katahdin Sheep Association meeting.  They were from Country Oak Ranch in New Iberia but I'm not sure that is the same location as you.

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